Arizona Volleyball Ranked Sixth in Preseason <i>USA Today</i>/AVCA Coaches Poll

Aug. 13, 2001

Tucson, Ariz.- The defending Pac-10 co-champion Arizona women's volleyball team will head into the 2001 with high expectations. The Wildcats have been voted sixth in the preseason edition of the USA Today/AVCA Coaches Poll. It is the highest preseason ranking for the Wildcats in school history, bettering the rank of 10th just a season ago.

Arizona, which finished the 2000 season ranked fifth in the country, returns four starters from its 28-5, Elite Eight team, including All-American and Pac-10 Player of the Year Dana Burkholder and All-Pac-10 Honorable Mention selections Lisa Rutledge and Jill Talbot.

The Cats are slated to face six teams ranked in the preseason top 25 and four additional teams that received votes this season. The defending national champion Nebraska Cornhuskers are the top ranked team in the preseason followed by Pac-10 conference foe USC. Penn State, Wisconsin and Hawai'i round out the top five, respectively. Seventh-ranked UCLA and 10th-ranked Stanford puts four Pac-10 schools in the top 10 of the preseason poll, the most of any conference in the nation. Only the Big Ten with Minnesota (no.15) and Ohio State (no. 16) joining Wisconsin and Penn State have as many teams in the preseason top 25.

The Arizona volleyball team will begin its season with a trip to Gainesville, Fla., to participate in ninth-ranked Florida's SunTrust Invitational Aug. 31-Sept. 1. The Cats will face South Florida, who received 17 votes in the preseason poll, and Marshall on Aug. 31, and the ninth-ranked Gators on Sept. 1.

2001 USA Today/AVCA Preseason Coaches PollRank   School (First-Place Votes)	Points  	2000 Record 	Final Poll1     	Nebraska (63) 			1623    	34-0    		12      	USC (2) 			1472    	29-3    		43      	Penn State	   		1374    	30-6    		64      	Wisconsin 			1320    	33-5    		25      	Hawai'i				1261    	31-2    		36      	Arizona	 		        1178    	28-5  		        57      	UCLA 				1098    	25-8    		78      	Long Beach State         	1091    	24-8    		149     	Florida 			1084    	29-5    		1210    	Stanford 			1017    	19-12   		1911    	BYU 				989     	26-7    		1312    	Pacific 			950     	28-4    		813     	UC Santa Barbara         	882     	26-8    		914     	Colorado State  		866    	        32-5    		1015    	Minnesota	    		724     	30-4    		1116    	Ohio State	   		638     	26-7    		1517    	Pepperdine      		606     	24-7    		1818    	Texas A&M			481     	20-9    		2319    	Kansas State 			354     	22-9    		1620    	Notre Dame      		278     	26-7    		2121    	Utah 	 			254     	23-8    		2022    	Santa Clara     		232     	27-5    		1723    	South Carolina  		172     	22-7    		NR24    	Loyola Marymount        	155     	20-9    		2525    	Georgia Tech    		123     	25-8    		NR

Others receiving points and listed on two or more ballots: Louisville (112), Missouri (109), Colorado (108), Washington State (102), Michigan State (88), North Carolina (62), Northern Iowa (58), Utah State (33), Michigan (26), Texas Tech (20), University of San Diego (18), South Florida (17), Tennessee (16), Arizona State (15), Baylor (14), Duke (13), Arkansas (12), Florida State (11), Western Michigan (9), Fairfield (8), Cal Poly (8), Northern Arizona (5), Wisconsin-Milwaukee (4), San Jose State (3)

Italics Denote a 2001 Arizona Opponent

Arizona's Preseason Rankings (Since 1982)Year		Ranking1982		NR1983		NR1984		NR1985		NR1986		13th1987		NR1988		NR1989		11th1990		14th1991		NR1992		NR1993		NR1994		16th1995		NR1996		NR1997		20th1998		NR1999		15th2000		10th2001		6th
Categories:
Now on Pac-12 Network
8:00 AM PT

Airing on:

  • Pac-12 Network
Get Pac-12 Networks
Unable to get Pac-12 Network?
Contact your provider ▶
Pac-12 Networks Channel Finder
Close